Foam mattress vs innerspring mattress, is there really a winner? There is, but it depends completely on what you favour. Mattress preferences differ from person to person. There are a number of factors based on which you might pick a memory foam mattress over an innerspring mattress or vice versa, the most important one being comfort. The point then is to decide what works best for you. The two mattresses differ in terms of heat, sinkage, and bounce. Let us look at both of them separately, so that you get an idea of which one is a better match for you.
Memory foam mattress
Memory foam is ideal for a gentle sleeping experience as it allows deep body contouring. For a side sleeper, this is great news as the mattress can alleviate shoulder and hip pain by taking pressure off these points.
Memory foam adapts to the sleeper’s body. It conforms to the body shape of the sleeper, thus providing uniform support throughout. Memory foam also distributes the bodyweight of the sleeper uniformly. This helps alleviate the pressure felt by the neck, shoulders, and back. By maintaining the natural alignment of the sleeper, memory foam over a course of time enhances the posture of the sleeper.
Several brands today, infuse their layers with gel or copper, to dissipate the heat, thus ensuring a comfortable sleep. Wakefit, for instance, uses an open cell CoolFit foam with an open cell structure that always air to pass through at all times. Sleepyhead, in turn, has a cooling foam mattress that absorbs body heat of the sleeper and then redistributes it, thus maintaining temperature neutrality.
Kurl On’s Convenio has a 100% memory foam comfort layer that comes with generously thick quilting. The mattress not only conforms to the body shape of the sleeper but also controls body temperature.
The spaces between the coils of an innerspring mattress ensure airflow, and thus, allows a cool sleep. One thing to keep in mind, though, is that the other materials used to design the innerspring mattress may differ from one to the other. A thick layer of foam on top, will not give the bed the same breathability as one without foam.
These mattresses fall short in terms of sinkage, and a sleeper might feel pushed on top of the bed then pulled into it. This makes them bouncy, which can be an advantage if two sleepers are using the mattress since it allows greater mobility.
Apart from the factors of heat, sinkage, and bounce, durability and cost also become crucial when choosing between memory foam and innerspring mattresses.
When it comes to durability, innerspring has a sliver of an advantage over memory foam. The main reason is the high-quality steel coils of the former. This drawback, however, is dismissed by high-quality, thick and dense, memory foam. Spring mattresses constitute of metal springs that often end up making squeaky and creaky sound after just a few years of usage.
Also, this mattress cannot give you the same level of bodyweight distribution as a good foam mattress. This could be the reason why today spring mattresses have a layer of memory foam on top of their springs to improve the level of comfort, but it is obviously not the same as a memory foam mattress.
Side tip: Checking out the warranty of the product is a great way to understand how durable it is.
About cost, memory foam is usually a little more expensive than innerspring. But, as they say, price and value are not interchangeable terms. A costlier bed does not necessarily mean a more comfortable one. For a side sleeper, memory foam is a good pick for it relieves the pressure felt by their hips and shoulders. On the contrary, someone who sleeps on their back might prefer an innerspring as sinkage isn’t their chief concern.
To choose what you need, compare the two mattresses for yourself, and then pick the one that you think will serve you best.